The WissKI Project

As part of the three-year and then two-year DFG-funded research project "Scientific Communication Infrastructure" (WissKI), the virtual research infrastructure of the same name "WissKI" was created on the basis of the open source content management system Drupal. In cooperation between the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg (GNM), the Zoologische Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK) and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), a software infrastructure was developed from the requirements of cooperative research in the field of cultural heritage and its documentation in digital media. In addition to the simple provision and open availability of source materials - structured texts, graphics, images, video, audio and metadata in digital form - the system also focuses on interactive and networked work on the basis of semantic deep exploration. By keeping the typical characteristics of current content management systems untouched, the system has a detailed user control with rights management and is able to manage and present web content such as websites, forums and wikis online.
The software is published as open source free of charge at and can be downloaded from the following websites
can be used and extended accordingly.